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My Story2018-07-10T16:26:14+00:00

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Are you a woman who is approaching (or have passed) 40 and are:

  • Frustrated that you’re gaining weight in all of the wrong places…
  • Annoyed and disheartened that the things that used to keep you fit just aren’t cutting it any longer…
  • And ashamed of the way you look, anxious about going out in public because of the way you perceive the body in which you live every day?

Hi, I’m Crystal, and at the age of 40 I lost 100 lbs. and have kept it off for 25 years, which is why I’m so passionate about helping women – mid-life and beyond with nutrition, fitness, mindset and lifestyle strategies.

I understand how painful it can be because I was just like you.

I was approaching age 40 while being 100 pounds overweight, and honestly: I was embarrassed to leave the house.

I was always an emotional eater and had tried many diets, always needing to start over. I didn’t get fat just by eating regular food, I got fat by eating sleeves of cookies or a whole bag of chips in one sitting. I knew next to nothing about nutrition, nothing about hormones, and was terrified about what the rest of my life had in store for me.

My grandmother was a large woman, and when she got older she fell down and my family couldn’t even pick her up off of the floor.

What would life be like for me when I turned 50, 60, or if I somehow lasted until 70?

Would I be able to walk up the stairs?

Would I be able to play with my grandkids?

Would I fall down and have my family not be able to pick me up off of the floor?

Truthfully, I thought I would be stuck in this body forever, but I didn’t want that.

I desperately wanted things to be easy like they were when I was an active teen. Even after I had my 2 boys I lost the “baby weight” right away. Things just seemed harder than ever as I approached midlife.

I didn’t feel confident. Not confident enough to walk across the room in front of people without panicking, not confident to say I was the president of mine and my husband’s contracting company, not confident to meet a client in person to pick up a contract.

I wanted to hide behind other people, and I always felt like people were staring. Well, they were… I remember one time somebody called me a “beast” and it was the most hurtful thing someone had ever said to me.

It was the summer before I turned 40, and it took an entire year of literal blood, sweat, and tears to lose that 100 pounds.

Some months I would only lose 2 pounds, but I was determined. I could not stay like this for the rest of my life. I had already missed too many opportunities and memories with my own kids because I was too embarrassed that everyone viewed me as the “fat mother”.

I am proud to say that I have kept the weight off, and I never would have imagined that my 60s could be this fulfilling and that I would be so healthy (not only that, but I look great, too).

I want to help women who are just like I was and struggling with the same issues, whether you need to lose 20, 30, 40, or yes, even 100 lbs.

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Maybe you wake up one morning and you have more time now, maybe your kids are leaving and you have more brain space to think about you.

Maybe you’re worried about what the rest of life has in store for you…what menopause has in store for you. Maybe you’re asking yourself, Am I going to be able to handle it? Am I just going to get fatter and more out of shape and develop diabetes, or die young?

I knew that I didn’t want to be stuck that way not living life, and knowing that is the first step.

Whatever has brought you to this page, I am grateful that you are taking these first steps on your journey.

During that year I did not start with heavy exercise – how could I at 230, 240 lbs? Just walking down the driveway was exercise for me, so I started there.

Then we got a dog (which surprised everyone), and that dog changed my life. I had always been too self-conscious to go on walks, but the dog measuredly plodding along gave me just enough confidence to get through it as I lost 10, 20, 30 pounds.

Once I got to around 180 lbs, I was able to start jogging and doing step aerobics. It wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, and in the beginning I had to constantly stop to catch my breath. But I did it.

All of the hard work I was doing made it that much easier to create other healthy habits in my life, like eating right.

I didn’t want to “spoil” all of the hard work I had done just that day.

As I continued along my journey, I took a sports nutrition course so that I could learn as much as possible about nutrition and how a runner’s body worked.

I took a menopausal hormone course because I knew it was coming up quickly and I needed to be vigilant for big changes to my body.

The instructor thought I was a natural, and encouraged me and gave me the confidence I needed to start helping other women who were in my shoes.

When I turned 50 and reached menopause, another set of complications arose…

I was diagnosed with a thyroid disease and low bone density, so I had to learn everything about those and how hormones affect literally every part of our bodies.

I don’t know how I would have been able to tackle these problems if I was still 100 pounds overweight.

Today, I help the woman who wants to lose weight, gain confidence, and feel good in her skin. It doesn’t matter if she’s 40, 50, 60, or beyond (I’m 66)…

I want to help her achieve her goals: even if it’s just better energy, more effective sleep, etc.

The most important take-away, though, is to understand that I know what it feels like to be the “Big Person” in the room and to have no confidence in yourself.

If this resonates with you, click here to schedule a FREE Discovery Call where we will learn how I can help you live the second half of your life healthier than the first.

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